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master of science in administrative studies


The Administrative Studies program is open to graduates of fully accredited liberal arts colleges regardless of undergraduate major. The program shifts attention from specialized fields of vision toward broader, more comprehensive interests. Favorable consideration is given to postgraduate experience such as demonstrated success in professional endeavors and community organizations. Recent accomplishments and a determination to succeed are important criteria. The Graduate Record Examination is not required.

International Students

International students seeking admission to the Master of Science program must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score report. The ETS code for the Woods College of Advancing Studies is 3276. We require a minimum TOEFL score in the range of 550-600 (paper-based), 225-250 (computer-based), or 90-100 (iBT). IELTS requires a minimum score range of 6.5-7.5. These criteria can be waived if English is the main/primary language of instruction at your school, which must be indicated in an official letter from the institution. If your score does not meet this requirement you may present alternate evidence of your English proficiency. While test scores and grades offer some indication of students' academic promise and achievement, we also value highly other aspects of each applicant, for example, strength of character, extracurricular distinction, personal statement, recommendations, and personal qualities. An official undergraduate level transcript translated in English and a copy of Passport/Visa are also required.
International students applying to the Master of Science program must also complete and submit a Declaration and Certification of Finances form.


The Master of Science program offers a multidisciplinary curriculum in Administrative Studies. Graduate offerings combine a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge with practical application which prepares individuals to meet the challenges of a competitive marketplace in a variety of organizational settings.

The graduate degree program in Administrative Studies is designed for individuals seeking professional advancement, personal growth and a competitive advantage. A comprehensive, versatile format invites talented students of varied backgrounds and ambitions to develop a deeper understanding of contemporary society, to consider social transformations and economic competitiveness, to appreciate the ethical dimension of decision making and to explore ideas and issues from a national and global perspective.

The Master of Science degree in Administrative Studies complements the eighty-four year old undergraduate degree program. A sampling of the two hundred and fifty graduate students reveals diversity and depth. Student profiles include those with advanced degrees in medicine, business, nursing and education, as well as a host of other career professionals: a brokerage manager, banker, medical administrators, ordained ministers, football coach, dental assistant, accountants and information processing advisors. These and other candidates seek to strengthen leadership qualities and enhance their professional effectiveness.


A minimum B average in an undergraduate major is ordinarily required for admission. Documentation of proficiency in two areas is also required. (1) Familiarity with computer software packages and applications including spreadsheets, word processing, data management, graphics and Internet. (2) Knowledge in techniques of analysis and interpretation of quantitative data from a college statistics course.

Degree Requirements

Degree candidates in Administrative Studies complete, with a grade of B or better, a minimum of ten courses. At least eight of the courses must be taken in the Boston College Administrative Studies program. Up to two courses of comparable graduate work may qualify for transfer credit. Required Core courses are Research Methods and Data Analysis; Project Management; Leadership and Decision Making; Ignatian-based Applied Ethics; Accounting and Financial Analysis; and Evolution of Successful Marketing Strategies in the Digital Era. Also required are four concentration electives and one capstone course.

Courses are scheduled ordinarily from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fall and Spring, and 6:30-9:45 p.m. in Summer. Tuition for 2014-2015 is $2142 per Fall and Spring courses; registration fee is $25 for the Fall and Spring 2014-2015.